Katy Perry's Teenage Dream holds the distinction of being only the ninth album in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to produce four No. 1s.
My experience with Katy Perry includes her voice over work for The Smurfs and a mash up of Bloc Party’s Banquet with her hit single I kissed A Girl titled I Kissed A Banquet, which in contrast makes me dislike the original tune a lot. Other then that I am completely oblivious to Perry other then her much publicized personal life including recent marriage and divorce to comedian Russell Brand. That being said I assume that this deluxe re-release of her hit album Teenage Dream might be very well a ploy from her record label to capitalize on her recent plight since she has been relatively quiet since the release of Teenage Dream.
So what’s so special about this new version of Teenage Dream other then the label slapping the words “The Complete Confection” to the end of the title? For starters the album contains three new songs that were not included on the previous release. From what I’ve read fans are conflicted on weather or not these are the greatest tracks ever put to an album by this artist or they are redundant and puts too heavy a use of auto-tune to the tracks. I thought they meshed well with the rest of the album but any arguments about Perry’s use of voice manipulation seems an even more redundant charge. Perry’s music is pop, molded and shaped to fit the top 100 radio charts, made to look and sound pretty enough so that kids whose life revolves around love and partying will find some connection. Though, isn’t that what all pop radio music is about? In any case it’s a fair extension to the album that fans of the original album should love.
The other pro’s of purchasing the album are new version’s of previously released album titles such as E.T. and Last Friday (T.G.I.F.) that feature Kanye West as well as Missy Elliott. Okay, sure. Then of course you have an acoustic version of The One That Got Away, all of which have never been committed to a physical album (which I think their hinting at the possibility that you can just save yourself the time and money if your not a completionist and get the tracks at itunes or something). Finally you have Part of Me and Tommie Sunshine’s Megasix Mash Up. That’ll wrap it up on that note. If you plan on making the purchase or not 7 bonus tracks is a pretty solid deal.